CRACKING GOOD READ: This is Going to Hurt – Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay


I fell in love whilst basking in the sun in Gran Canaria and the thing is with these holiday romances, they don’t last but the memories stick with you, especially when the object of your infatuation is a cracking good read.

In my case, I was hopelessly gone by page 3 and nearly rocked myself off my sunbed laughing so hard on several occasions.

Adam Kay hooked me in with his hilariously funny, yet poignant account of his life with the NHS as an overworked, underpaid Obs and Gynea doctor and an exceedingly good one who poured his heart and soul into his work, before cracking under the strain.

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Adam Kay

Adam Kay threw in his scalpel after 12 years, 6 years training and 6 years on the wards, having worked his way up to Senior Registrar. In this book, he captures the stresses and strains an NHS doctor is faced with on a daily basis. A first-hand account of how he coped for 12 years with the responsibility of holding patients’ lives in his hands.

What an amazing book. I laughed so hard and often I nearly choked, but it’s also very moving and important. Everyone should read it.

Cathy Rentzenbrink

This is Going to Hurt is a brilliantly crafted piece of writing with some truly hilarious one-liners which makes it less surprising that today he is living a relatively stress-free life as an award-winning comedian and a writer for film and TV.

Adam Kay I salute you for your years of service to the NHS as well as sharing your wonderfully funny account of your life as a young doctor.

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A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read.

Kay is now a 37-year-old comedian and scriptwriter. He’s got a round, serious face that breaks occasionally into shoulder-shaking laughter. Half-cherubic, half devilish, he looks a bit like a clean and sober John Belushi.

Anthony Andrew – Guardian interview – December 2017

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